Europeisk kakofoni2009-02-23

Europa säger sig vill tala med en röst, men skickar ett dussin företrädare till det ekonomiska toppmötet i London.

Det är en paradox, påpekar The Economist i veckans nummer.

När den sk G 20-gruppen ska träffas i London den 2 april vill Europa försöka undervisa resten av världen om hur den ekonomiska krisen ska lösas:

" Leader after leader has stressed the importance of the G20 summit in London on April 2nd, claiming to see a special “European” tinge to its agenda to reform the financial system and pay more respect to rising economic powers like China, India and Brazil.

Gordon Brown, the summit’s host, says he wants fellow leaders to agree to overhaul bodies such as the IMF and the World Bank so that poorer countries do not simply “reject” these institutions as mouthpieces for the richest states.

Other EU leaders have warmed to this self-righteous theme. It was Europe that “demanded” a G20 format for the summit in London, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France boasted in December; Europe has spoken with “one voice”. He says Europeans want a return to a “moral” capitalism that serves entrepreneurs, not speculators, and new financial rules that create “a different place” for emerging nations."

Men hur enat uppträder Europa i praktiken? The Economist räknar upp alla som tänker komma till mötet i London:

" It is a long list. The world’s “top 20”, among them the American president, Barack Obama, making his first trip to Europe, will be sitting among a crowd of Europeans jostling for prominence. To begin with, the leaders from Britain, France, Germany and Italy will be present as members of the G7, until recently the elite club of industrialised countries. Then there will be the Czech prime minister, Mirek Topolanek, present as holder of the rotating presidency of the European Union.

He will be flanked by the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso. Also in attendance will be the prime ministers of Spain and the Netherlands, whose countries are not formally members of the G20 but who waged an intense diplomatic battle last autumn to be invited to a preliminary summit in Washington. (The Spanish campaign became a national obsession, with the prime minister at one point flying to Beijing to press his suit, while Spain’s king lobbied leaders in Latin America.) One summit seat will go to the French politician, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who now runs the IMF (a post which is traditionally reserved for a European). Another belongs to Mario Draghi, the governor of the Bank of Italy, who chairs the Financial Stability Forum (a body of central bankers and financial regulators dominated by the G7)."

Det är nästan komiskt. Allt tal om enighet - och så denna europeiska jättedelegation.

The Economist drar slutsatsen:

" In other words, there is a cacophony in Europe. EU leaders say they understand how damaging this is, and how the current overrepresentation of Europe—from membership of the G20 to voting rights at the IMF—will not be tolerated by other countries for ever. But are they ready to practise what they preach? All the signs are: not yet."